American political institutions
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH55
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewing its structure and constituent parts.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The origins of U.S. government and American democracy
- The three branches of government, their roles in “checks and balances” and “Separation of Powers”
- The difference between State and National (Federal) government
- Voting system and role of the Electoral College
- The impact of the three branches on the day-to-day lives of Americans.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the formation of government in the U.S.A.
- Identify the three branches of government and what the 'Separation of Powers' means
- Discuss the relationship between state level government and the federal level government.
- Understand the issues likely to be raised in the coming 2022 mid-term elections and how they might affect the next presidential election.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
More American history and politics courses. Please see the City Lit website for further details.
Mark is the Principal of City Lit, having previously been the Director of Executive Education at London Business School and President of the New York Institute of Finance. He teaches American history and politics at City Lit, concentrating on the lives of Presidents, as well as how the US political system and institutions work. He has lived and worked in both New York and Chicago, is married to an American and visits regularly. Mark possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde; and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Kent. Mark was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to adult education.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.